Funding Alert 190 November 2019

 New Funding Opportunities In November

main picThere are several new funding opportunities in Funding Alert this month. Some of the deadlines are tight so don’t delay. We have gathered together a sample of "this months’ offers" from Funding Alert. If you have any suggestions of how we can make Funding Alert better or an area you think we can improve, please let us know. Remember the funders are organised into categories of funding streams, a click on the categories in the topic index that will take you to the chosen section, then click on the link to see if you can apply, short application deadlines are highlighted in red so make sure you’re quick off the mark! This page shows only a few of the opportunities on offer in this month’s Funding Alert; just download it from here  or sign up for a copy to be sent to your email.  Don’t forget to have a look at our support pages they might help with your application. We hope you find something that supports all of the great work you are doing out in our communities.


Supporting Communities Fund 2020/21

The Supporting Communities Fund 2020/21 opened for applications on the7th October 2019.  The Closing Date for applications is Friday 6th December 2019 for a decision by March 2020.  Applicants are able to apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for any project / activity, up to the maximum award available, of £2,500.   Organisations eligible to apply include voluntary, community, charities and social enterprises which may be involved in Sports and Leisure, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare or Education.   This includes Community Councils and Parent Councils.

Eligible Projects or Events must take place from April 2020. The Supporting Communities Fund cannot make awards for Capital Projects.  Capital expenditure is spend on assets, the useful economic life of which is greater than one financial year and has a resale value. The term 'assets' would not include items classed as consumables - these are goods which are bought, used and replaced, such as office stationery,  small tools and equipment, clothing or toys, which would all be eligible for grant funding. For more information call Community Development on: 01436657647 or email Please note the text boxes are a set size and therefore there are 2 continuation pages at the end of the form that can be used if required. The form can be saved to your computer to complete or print.

Deadline: 6th December 2019

Funding Training for Community Councils and Third Sector organisations

Argyll & Bute Community Development Team are providing free funding training in November and December for Community Councils and Third Sector Organisations. This training will look at the different types of funding available and provide participants with some useful tips and techniques for completing applications.

  • 19th November, 10am – 1pm Lochgilphead Community Education Centre, Lochgilphead. Book by clicking here.
  • 21st November, 1pm – 4pm Queen’s Hall, Dunoon. Book by clicking here.
  • 3rd December, 10pm – 1pm, Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, Helensburgh.  Book by clicking here.
  • 5th December 1pm - 4pm, Rockfield Centre, Oban.  Book by clicking here.

If you have any difficulties in registering online please email the Community Development Team at; or call 01631 567944.

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Made in Scotland Showcase Funding


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Made in Scotland is an initiative run by Creative Scotland, designed to raise the international profile of Scottish dance and theatre artists. This is achieved though the presentation of ambitious work to international promoters at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Funding is provided for the presentation of:art pic

  • High quality and artistically ambitious productions which promote the work of Scottish artists and companies which are 'export-ready' for the international market.
  • Productions which involve Scottish artists and companies in international co-productions, or in collaboration with international artists or companies.

The total amount available for the 2020 Made in Scotland programme will be in the region of £290,000, split approximately thus: £220,000 to support theatre and dance and £70,000 to support music. Creative Scotland expects to support around 15-20 applications in total.

Deadline: 11th November 2019

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Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) Scheme

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business picThis scheme can provide support grant to suppliers and producers to contribute to the Scottish Government's overall vision for food and drink in Scotland, which is to be a Good Food Nation, where it is second nature to produce, buy, serve and eat fresh, healthy food.

Capital Projects:

  • develop or create food processing facilities, including buildings and equipment

Non-Capital Projects:

  • market your products in home and export markets at national/international trade shows/fairs
  • to run co-operative ventures to make sure more value is retained by both farmers and growers
  • to improve supply-chain efficiency

Deadline: 10th November 2019   

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 Children in Scotland

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The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland access their funded ELC entitlement. It funds staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training and fund resources, equipment and adaptations. The intention is that the fund will: make ELC settings more accessible for children with additional support needs; result in an increase in the number of ELC staff who are trained and confident to support children with additional support needs; promote more inclusive learning experiences for children; and result in better outcomes for children with additional support needs.

Deadline: 2nd December 2019

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Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP)

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The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their behaviours to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys. The fund, supported by Transport Scotland, comm picalso encourages people to use sustainable travel choices, including buses, trams, trains and car share clubs for longer journeys.

The Open Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations that want to change people's everyday travel behaviour. The fund aims to help cut Scotland's carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It will also help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and will tackle health inequalities. Grants available are between £5000 and £50,000 and need to be match funded.

Expressions of Interest are being accepted now

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Flexible Workforce Development Fund

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emp picThe purpose of the FWDF is to provide employers with flexible workforce development training opportunities to support inclusive economic growth through up-skilling or re-skilling of employees. The Fund is in addition to apprenticeship support, access to which is available to all employers in Scotland; and Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), which provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to undertake learning opportunities to develop their skills for employment. The FWDF may be particularly beneficial in addressing skills gaps and training needs of the older workforce.

Deadline: 31st July 2020 

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 env logoGrants to Support Action for Marine Conservation

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 Sea-Changers provides grants of up to £600 (£1,000 in exceptional circumstances) to a range of primarily UK based, marine conservation charitiesenv pic and not for profit organisations. The projects funded will achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • To address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.
  • To prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and / or species.
  • To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.

Sea-Changers is particularly interested in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.  Data and results from research projects undertaken as a result of Sea-Changers grant funding must be made available to Sea-Changers and shared with appropriate marine databases when completed.

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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The Lintel Trust

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digi picGrants of up to £2,000 are available to housing associations and voluntary organisations linked to housing associations for projects that help provide solutions for people in housing need in Scotland. This can include the provision of services to older people to enable them to continue living at home; provision of services promoting digital participation and access to online services to digitally excluded individuals and groups; and provision of services improving opportunities for socially isolated people to participate and engage in community life; etc.

Deadline: 21st January 2020

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Building Resilient Local Economies   gen pic

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Organisations working within the UK who want to help transform financial systems into 'engines for social benefit' can apply for grants to promote local economic resilience or to support projects that will change corporate behaviours in pursuit of wider social objectives.

Deadline: 20th January 2020

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Short Breaks for Disabled Young People

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health picGrants of up to £50,000 are now available to charities and voluntary organisations in Scotland working to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for disabled children and young people (aged 20 and under). A total of £1.1million is being made available through The Better Breaks programme managed by Shared Care Scotland. The programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and activities. These can include breaks away (i.e. overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter regular activities and sessions. The activities can be for disabled children and young people, for their carers, or for families to enjoy together. These breaks should increase opportunities for disabled children and young people to engage in activities they enjoy, give carers a break from their caring role, and improve wellbeing for all involved. Support for applicants is available through webinars, drop-in sessions and phone-ins, details of these are available on the website.

Deadline: 21st November 2019  

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The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants Programme

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UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants programme. To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the January 2020 meeting of Trustees.

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Nature Grants for Schools

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schools picInfant, Primary and Secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training as part of the third instalment of Local School Nature Grants. Schools can choose from over 100 different products to deliver outdoor learning and play. Funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme.  The charity has been helping schools across Great Britain since 2017. Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants have so far provided £900,000 worth of equipment to 800 schools. This year it will reach a further 500 schools. This year, the scheme is also open to non-mainstream schools; including pupil referral units. The programme is only open to schools. Nurseries, Playgroups, Pre-Schools and gardening groups are not eligible. Reception settings attached to a school (i.e. on the same physical site) are eligible to apply in partnership with a school, but the school must lead the application.

Deadline: 22nd November 2019

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Funding for Young Athletes

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Talented able bodied and disabled British track and field athletes between 15 and 23 years old that are in financial need can now apply for funding from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund. The fund exclusively supports young and deserving applicants in the sport of Athletics. Since the fund was introduced a total of £2million has been awarded in small but significant grants to several thousand young British Athletes. Each grant is designed to make a difference, helping the recipients make the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and importantly help build the athletes’ confidence and self-esteem through recognition. No minimum or maximum funding amounts are specified.

Deadline: 30th November 2019

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Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund

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 Supported by The Robertson Trust and The Gannochy Trust, this fund aims to enhance and develop community-based youth work in Scotland’s rural communities. Grants of £100 - £750 are available to enable youth groups operating in rural communities provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people.

Deadline: 31st January 2020

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